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Molly Burke: Beauty Beyond Looks

ALISSE KELERTAS Molly Burke is one remarkable woman. Not only is she a highly successful motivational speaker at the young age of 23, she also has over 200,000 subscribers on her Youtube channel. Oh, and did I mention she’s blind? When Burke turned 4 years old she was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a rare retinal disease causing loss of vision. By the age of 14, Burke … Continue reading Molly Burke: Beauty Beyond Looks

The Social Media Stars Breaking Gender Norms

IZZIE GHAFFARI-PARKER Taking a look at some of the social media influencers who defy gender stereotypes daily through fashion and beauty… Patrick Starrr With 3.4 million YouTube subscribers, Patrick Starrr is perhaps the most famous male beauty guru on the internet. Starrr says that his interest in makeup was sparked whilst playing around with Photoshop in high school, adding lipstick and mascara to photos. He … Continue reading The Social Media Stars Breaking Gender Norms

Social Media & The Case for Inclusive Makeup

KHARISSA EDWARDS As a dark skinned black female, shopping for makeup, specifically foundation, is always somewhat distressing. Before Fenty Beauty launched, walking into Sephora to see shades upon shades that were nowhere near my skin tone was frustrating. Many cosmetic companies continue to exclude women of colour from their shade range thus it didn’t surprise me when Tarte Cosmetics came under fire for their Shape … Continue reading Social Media & The Case for Inclusive Makeup

The Hairy Truth About Your Extensions

ALISSE KELERTAS Do you know where your hair extensions are coming from? Hair extension have become a very popular beauty trend over the past decade. Most celebrities or social media “influencers” you see these days are wearing them. While some are made from animal hair or synthetic materials, most high end extensions are actually made from human hair. In 2008, an eye opening documentary titled Hair … Continue reading The Hairy Truth About Your Extensions

MAC’s Animal Testing Controversy

There has been a long debate in the beauty and animal rights communities about whether or not MAC is a brand that is worth supporting. This debate recently made headlines again when Sia; a well known singer-songwriter, vegan, and animal rights activist; teamed up with MAC to create a Viva Glam Sia Warm, Vivid Red Matte lipstick. This lipstick was released on January 25th, 2018 and all … Continue reading MAC’s Animal Testing Controversy

The Rise of the Stretch Mark Positivity Movement

IZZIE GHAFFARI-PARKER You have them, your friends have them, the girl sitting next to you in class has them, and even your brother does. Yet by flipping through magazines and seeing models with perfectly smooth skin, you would think you were the only one with stretch marks. These natural ‘tiger stripes’ occur through puberty, giving birth or gaining extra weight, and roughly 80 per cent … Continue reading The Rise of the Stretch Mark Positivity Movement

2017: The Year of Embracing your Body Hair?

ALISSE KELERTAS Body hair, we all have it, so why do some people find it so taboo? According to Western beauty standards, women are pretty much expected to be hairless at all times. Today, I want to feature 3 amazing women who are embracing their natural body hair and working towards ending the stigma.  1. Sophia Hadjipanteli (IG. @sophiahadjipanteli) Frida Kahlo and our first hairy … Continue reading 2017: The Year of Embracing your Body Hair?

The New Badass #BaldAndBadChallenge

CHRISTINA CHAN Unlike the other challenges of 2016, such as the mannequin challenge and the “100 layers” challenge, it is finally time for one that empowers women to sweep the social media scene. #BaldAndBad is going viral on Twitter as women come together to embrace their natural hair lengths. Long hair has always been the ideal for many, but thanks to the Bald and Bad … Continue reading The New Badass #BaldAndBadChallenge